Death Becomes Her

Question: When Helen and Madelin are fighting with the shovels, Helen whacks off the end of Madelin's shovel, and then Madelin throws the stick through Helen. How did they achieve this effect?

curiouskid

Chosen answer: CGI, just like any other difficult effect.

Grumpy Scot

Question: In the scene where Goldie Hawn nearly gets her head run over by the car, how do they get that effect? It just looks far too dangerous to be an actual stunt, but it looks too real to be a bluescreen / split screen effect either.

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: It is a composite shot, with the actor's head added to the scene. They just did a particularly good job on the scene.

Answer: Ernest painted Madeline's eyes before she came down the stairs. He even notes that the balance in her eyes were messed up.

Answer: Actually, they're both wearing coloured contacts. If you look at timestamp 01:17:23 when they say "Pleeeaase" to Ernest, you can see they're both wearing contacts. Meryl's aren't as noticeable, but they are the bluish-purple/periwinkle colour Ernest was using when he was painting her touch-ups on the pool table.

Answer: Her eyes changed when she fell into the hot tub. They were essentially boiled.

My interpretation was that when she was shot, she completely bled out, thus all color of her skin and eyes would fade away.

But there's no blood inside eyeballs?

There are several blood vessels that supply blood to the eyeball. The cornea is the only part of the body not supplied by blood.

Bishop73

It wasn't a hot tub she fell into. It was a little pond. No hot water.

Question: What caused Helen and Madeline to break into pieces as they fell down the steps of the church?

Answer: They were warned earlier in the film that they needed to take care of their bodies. But obviously, they put them through a lot of abuse. They didn't take care of themselves, needing to be patched up frequently and whatnot. As a result, at this point, their bodies are like living mannequins more than human bodies. They simply break apart with force, such as falling down the stairs.

TedStixon

Answer: Their bodies had become physically corrupted and fragile from the extreme anti-aging potion, and any stress caused catastrophic damage.

raywest

Question: Why does Lisle keep the potion's existence a secret? What's gonna happen if the public does know?

Trainman

Answer: As shown in the movie, the potion not only restores a person's youth and makes them immortal, but it would also stop the person from having any type of disease. If the public ever knew about it, everybody would suddenly start fighting to get it without realizing the damage it could do. Ex: At the end of the movie, Madeline and Helen both fall down the church steps and shatter upon hitting the ground. Better to keep it a secret from the whole world than let it get out and have people doing anything that could irreparably damage their bodies.

Question: When Streep and Rossellini talk about the potion, Rossellini says "Or as one of my clients simply said -- 'I vant to be alone, yah.'" and Streep replies "No" She's not!" -- Who are they talking about?

Hamster

Chosen answer: It's a reference to Greta Garbo who abandoned Hollywood shortly after WWII.

Grumpy Scot

Question: When Helen and Madelin have finished fighting and they asked Earnest to fix them, how did he fix the great big hole in Helen's stomach?

curiouskid

Chosen answer: He most likely filled it with something soft, then covered it. You'll notice the lingerie she is wearing completely covers her midsection.

Question: How come when Lisa is swimming in the pool none of her eyes wash out or anything like the others?

Answer: I don't think she ever died after taking the tonic, unlike Madeline and Helen. She took the potion simply to keep her young good looks and (as stated earlier with Madeline), Lisa is in fact 71 years old with the looks of a 38 year old.

Hamster

Question: In the scene when Madeline falls down the stairs, the stunt double appears to take an impossibly hard fall tumbling down those solid marble steps. It is obvious that CGI was used at the start of the fall, when we see Meryl Streep's face hitting the stairs, but during the tumble there was definitely a stunt double used. Do you know if the stunt double did this fall in one take, as it appears in the film, or if special editing was used to make the fall appear harder and faster than it actually was? I can't believe the stunt double could perform such a hard fall without serious injury, but it looks genuine in the film.

Answer: Special editing was used to make the fall seem faster and longer than what it was. If you watch the fall and look closely you can see that two of the shots used were a repeat. The editors used these two shots twice in the fall in order to make the fall appear longer and faster.

oddy knocky

Question: Mr. Chagall, the man who told Madeline about Lisle, what was the deal with his eye? It twitched seemingly uncontrollably in his first scene, but then when he's giving his speech at the party it seems completely fine.

Answer: Like all zombies his body was falling apart. He was pushing it back into place.

Continuity mistake: Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep are fighting over Bruce Willis. Goldie Hawn is wearing a tight shirt and tight pants. Meryl is wearing a shirt with a skirt thingy attached and tight pants. Goldie has a hole through the middle of her abdomen where Streep has shot her earlier. They both grab shovels and start fighting. Bruce Willis starts to walk upstairs and he looks over the side and sees the shadows of the two women fighting. The hole is supposed to be on the shadow with the tight pants which is Goldie. Instead, the hole is shown on the body with the skirt attached to the shirt, which is Meryl. (01:10:20)

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Trivia: When Madeleine is in the morgue, we get a shot of a table and on that table is a jar with a brain and formaldehyde in it, and on the jar is a sign and the sign says "abnormal." This is a homage to the film "Young Frankenstein": Dr Frankenstein sent Igor to the morgue to get a specific brain, an intelligent man's brain, but Igor was startled and dropped the intelligent brain, so looked around for another one and he did: He found a brain with the label "abnormal" on it, and that is why the monster was so hard to teach and control.

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